Barbara Koenen
Twin Towers- Tribute Rug Carpet-9/11-USA HistoryDetail 1Installation in progress, with prints on the back wall and original rugs to the left.Aeriel View, Day 1Day 1 JarsDetail, 2001RocketDay 2Building the FlagDay 3DetailDay 4Day 5Day 6, Final.  "Twin Towers- Tribute Rug Carpet-9/11 2001- USA History" (GRAM War Rug)Ladies Looking, Sept 22Looking, Sept 24Family, Sept 25Smelling, Sept 24Showing, Sept 25Looking, Sept 24Tasting, Sept 10Applying the Gel Medium for PrintsPlacing the Canvas onto the SpicesVoila!FringeFringeIENHS, Sept 25Long View, Sept 25Left Corner, Sept 25Upper Left, Sept 25Schmutz, Sept 259/11 War Rug from 2001Twin Towers- Tribute Rug Carpet-9/11 2001- USA History"Twin Towers- Tribute Rug Carpet-9/11 2001- USA History" edition 1, 2 and 3DidacticsDetailInstallation viewThe Original War Rugs
Twin Towers- Tribute Rug Carpet-9/11- USA History
My first installation with a post-9/11 war rug took place during the fall of 2011 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM). The installation took 6 days, and culminated on September 11, 2011 -- ten years to the day of the terrorist attack.

The pattern is made from a combination of sources -- the towers are from popular media, although the attacks are depicted simultaneously. The US and Afghan flags joined by a brown bird are from US PsyOp propaganda leaflets that were dropped prior to the invasion. The aircraft carrier and missle are also from news photography.

Because this pattern has been woven repeatedly by many different weavers, all of whom are most likely illiterate, the text has disintegrated considerably through repeated iterations.

"Twin Towers- Tribute Rug Carpet-9/11 2001- USA History" was the first post-9/11 war rug I have made in the series. All the earlier installations, which use loose spices to recreate war rug patterns, were based on carpets made in response to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

Photos of the installation at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, from Sept 6 - 11, 2011. The War Rug Project was part of Art Prize, on display through October 9, 2011. Three transfer monoprints were pulled to document the artwork.